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01 Aug 2017

HBO hacked: Game of Thrones script, TV episodes stolen

Sometimes, things are just not cool. According to reports, hackers have now managed to get into the computer systems of HBO and have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data.

The material they have stolen include episodes of Ballers and Room 104, which they have posted online but the biggie is the script of a forthcoming episode of Game of Thrones.

Here's more about it.

In context

HBO loses Game of Thrones script to hackers


A bunch of good for nothing idiots

HBO acknowledged that such an incident has taken place.

These hackers in order to garner favorable coverage opened up a dialogue with Entertainment Weekly. Their email said, "Hi to all mankind….The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening."

I think I am echoing the voices of all GoT fans out there when I say, "Dear Hackers, mankind is not amused by your antics."


Hopefully, there will be no spoilers

The hackers, encouraging others to download the hacked data, said: "Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him."

According to reports, the Game of Thrones episode they had stolen was the fourth episode of season seven. Which is being broadcast now, so thankfully, no spoilers.

However, BBC couldn't verify if the hackers indeed have the material they have claimed to have stolen.

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HBO is going after the hackers


HBO is going after the hackers

HBO said that they have begun investigating and are working with law enforcement and third party cybersecurity firms to get to the bottom of it.

HBO chairman and chief executive Richard Plepler emailed employees informing them of the hack and said it was "obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us."

05 Aug 2017

Star India responsible for Game of Thrones Episode 4 leak

Episode Four of Game of Thrones Season 7, 'The Spoils of War', was released online two days ahead of schedule after Star India was hacked.

Like many of HBO's partners, Star India receives the episodes before being aired on television. The leaked print has a "Star India" watermark and is "for internal viewing only".

Whether this is connected to the HBO hack is uncertain.

Game of Thrones Episode-4 leak: Four arrested in India

15 Aug 2017

Game of Thrones Episode-4 leak: Four arrested in India

Four people associated with Mumbai's Prime Focus Technology have been arrested for the leak of the fourth episode of 'Game of Thrones' ahead of schedule.

Prime Focus is responsible for storing and processing the series for Hotstar.

Three of the arrested are current employees while the other is a former employee.

They have been charged with criminal breach of trust and other computer-related offences.

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